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Thomas Jefferson : the art of power

In this biography the author draws upon archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished transcripts of Jefferson presidential papers to give readers a view of Jefferson the politician and the President, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. The father of the ideal of individual liberty, of the Louisiana Purchase, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and of the settling of the West, Jefferson recognized that the genius of humanity, and the genius of the new nation, lay in the possibility of progress. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson's genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously, catapulting him into becoming the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history
Print Book, English, 2012
Random House, New York, 2012
xxix, 759, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
9781400067664, 9780679645368, 9780812979480, 1400067669, 0679645365, 0812979486
The world's best hope
The scion : beginnings to Spring 1774
The revolutionary : Spring 1774 to Summer 1776
Reformer and governor : late 1776 to 1782
The frustrated Congressman : late 1782 to mid-1784
A man of the world : 1785 to 1789
The first Secretary of State : 1789 to 1792
The leader of the opposition : 1793 to 1800
The President of the United States : 1801 to 1809
The master of Monticello : 1809 to the end
All honor to Jefferson